Sam Holmshaw – Why everything in coaching needs to fit your context

There’s a beautiful thing in the coaching community, where we all strive to share resources. But this inherently creates a problem. What works in one context, doesn’t always work in another. Sam and I are both content creators who always get asked to come up with solutions to various coaching problems and share our thoughts on how coaches can accelerate their teams to new levels. While we love creating content and educating coaches, it must be said that everything we put out always needs to be adapted to the context of the individual coach, team, players and environment. The same could be said for taking things from the professional game, where very few lessons can actually be applied at the youth level. Sam and Rhys dive right into this topic and discuss why everything – from game models, to professional environments, to coaching practices, to language, should always be adapted to fit the players and the context. Follow the show @mastermindsite on social media, and stay tuned for more exclusive interviews coming this month.

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GUEST

Sam Holmshaw is the Head of Football Development at Kickabout Academy, the host of @The_SC_Podcast and the Technical Director of @HolmshawAcademy. Rhys describes him as ‘The go-to guy when it comes to game models.’ You can find his website and game model packages at samholmshaw.com/shop/ and follow him on social media @SamHolmshaw_MSc.

HOST

Rhys Desmond is the Founder and CEO of TheMastermindSite.com, a football tactics and analysis website, that specializes in education for coaches, players and fans of the beautiful game. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram @desmondrhys and @mastermindsite. Subscribe to the show wherever you listen to podcasts to never miss an episode, and visit themastermindsite.com for more information, articles, analyses, coaching education and more!

Music for this episode has been wonderfully provided by Pixabay

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